Profile: Deadly Riff Dealers Byzanthian Neckbeard

Byzanthian Neckbeard

Guernsey based doom metallers Byzanthian Neckbeard are geared for a busy last half of 2019, releasing an EP, Extinction, this week and a full length, Minaton, in November. Now, relegating them to strictly doom is a bit of a disservice since their intensity is closer to death metal and they have a keen sense of sludge but, doom is indeed the largest part of their music. However, either way you slice it, they destroy. Just their name conjures images of brutes pillaging entire civilizations and they certainly deliver, musically. Just ahead of this week’s EP we had the chance to get behind the scenes and pick them for info so stick around to see how it went down with all members’ hands on deck. Once you do that, head over to their Bandcamp page and go crazy, links within. Continue reading

Album Review: Basilysk – “Emergence”

Basilysk - Emergence

Coming across a previously unknown band that exudes passion and ambition and demands the world to unconditionally surrender and kneel is without doubt one of the most joyful experiences even for the grimmest, battle-hardened veteran of many a metal war. Enter Basilysk, with their debut full length Emergence, driven by insatiable hunger, eager to devour everything within its impact radius. Ageless both in spirit and execution, Emergence forms a rupture in time and space that Basilysk rips wide open with vicious riffs and wildly flailing yet skillfully steered exuberance. Continue reading

Profile: Stephen Wilson of Infernal Rockers Swilson

Swilson

You won’t find blast beats or pinch harmonics or even cookie monster vocals in any of Swilson‘s music but you will find a band that counts Aleister Crowley, Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult as influences as well as a band that lets it all hang out through good time rock ‘n’ roll with a bent for the dark side. With song titles like “Witchtrial Modern Day” and “Witchcraft 2018” it’s a shoe-in for a must listen. And they back it up with ferocious licks and a serious punk attitude that recalls the days when rock didn’t give a damn if it was a bad influence on the kiddos. Good times, to be sure. Just ahead of the physical version issue of their self-titled album we had the chance to ask guitarist and vocalist Stephen Wilson our set of Profile questions so head inside to see what he had to say and click those links to grab a copy while they’re available. Continue reading

Initial Descent: October 7 – 13, 2018

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Vanhelgd

I’m seeing tons more people getting into the whole 31 days of horror extravaganza this year and want to remind everyone to not miss the Blood Red series from Chris where he goes all in for Hooptober. This is the month where horror and metal collide in an evil symphony and needless to say, I’ll drink to that. Speaking of metal, there’s plenty of it this week so let’s get to it…

Swedish death metallers Vanhelgd offer up their fifth installment of insanely good death metal on Deimos Sanktuarium and yes, it is better than Temple of Phobos. NY’s King Buffalo may tag themselves as heavy blues but after spending much time with their second full length Longing To Be the Mountain I would add ‘explosion’ to that tag – it’s an explosion of ideas; a psychedelic cousin and a blues brother meet up to grab drinks with a rocker friend and a metal head uncle. Great second effort here. Vermithrax make their brand of thrash pulse with the soul of classic heavy metal on Imperium Draconus and Solium Fatalis return with a crunchy, melodic blast of death and black metal on Genetically Engineered To Enslave – the production on this thing is unbelievable which is good news for eardrums all around the world.

Stacked week so far but there’s much more candy to enjoy below, go get them. Continue reading

Album Review: Krigsgrav – “Leave No Path to Follow”

Krigsgrav-Leave-No-Path-To-Follow

I could do a lot of poetic waxing here to set the mood for Leave No Path to Follow, the new album from Texas blackened doom merchants Krigsgrav, about how their mid-paced melancholic mix of metal was not only a chance to get some alliteration in this review, but also describes the thick atmosphere they bring to the table.  I could mention the sterling cover of “Brave” from Katatonia’s Brave Murder Day and how that really stands as a touchstone for what the band can do.  And I’ll probably talk about all that in greater detail in the main part of this review.

The clearest thing I can say about the album and band is this:  I never heard of them before, got the promo, took a listen, and immediately went and bought the rest of the band’s discography.  It’s called striking a nerve, and it struck all of mine.  So let’s do this.   Continue reading